Improving wellbeing through evidence-informed policy

All Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing Economics

Improving wellbeing through evidence-informed policy

This All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Wellbeing Economics is an officially recognised cross-party group of MPs and Lords in the UK Parliament.

The group seeks to highlight how wellbeing serves as a valuable and pragmatic framing for making policy decisions and for setting a vision for the UK. Wellbeing draws attention to the diversity and interdependence of issues and interventions that affect us in our lives and the complex and complementary roles that different government departments and policies can play in improving outcomes. The APPG will therefore play a convening role across parties and government departments and look at different levels of intervention (national – local – individual) to identify where the biggest gains can be made for the lives of people in the UK, drawing on specific examples, challenges and contexts and building on existing knowledge and evidence.

The group was originally formed in 2009. And after a short break the group has been reconstituted in December 2018. The What Works Centre for Wellbeing now provides the Secretariat for the reconstituted group, which was formerly provided by New Economics Foundation.

This is not an official website of the House of Commons or the House of Lords. It has not been approved by either House or its committees. All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groups of Members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues. The views expressed in these webpages are those of the group.

Report launch: A Spending Review to Increase Wellbeing
Friday 24th May

Read the review or view the press release

A Spending Review to Increase Wellbeing written by Lord Richard Layard, launched by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing Economics, identifies how a spending review focused on wellbeing will enable the government to explicitly prioritise spending on areas that have the most impact on people’s lives in the UK.

Next meeting

Implementing wellbeing: What we learn from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and New Zealand

Date: 11th June, 2:30 – 4pm
Chair: Chris Ruane

In this meeting we will hear from speakers who have been leading the implementation of a wellbeing agenda across the UK.

This meeting will explore the why and how governments are putting into practice the goal to improve wellbeing, with insights from those in governments working on implementing a wellbeing approach and an international alliance of organisations.

Speakers include:

  • Gary Gillespie, Chief Economist, Government of Scotland
  • Sophie Howe, Commissioner for the Future Generations Act in Wales
  • Aideen McGinley, Trustee, Carnegie UK Trust, Northern Ireland
  • Nick Carroll, Economic Counsellor, New Zealand Treasury
  • Katherine Trebeck, Policy and Knowledge Lead, Wellbeing Economy Alliance

We look forward to an engaging discussion based on the examples, challenges and contexts shared by each speaker and how an approach for the UK can best build on existing knowledge and evidence of what works.

Improving wellbeing through evidence-informed policy